In a series of blogs to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Managing Director of Congrex UK looks back over eight years of the National Conference of Visitor Attractions:
What better endorsement for a major conference centre than to host an inaugural event and then continue to hold it every succeeding year. Now in its eighth year, the Annual National Conference of Visitor Attractions is proud to maintain The Queen Elizabeth II Centre (QEIICC) as its home venue. It is an event run by the industry, for the industry and is firmly established as the key place to meet and network with contemporaries and to participate in innovative and stimulating programmes.
Being in the heart of “Attraction Land” The QEIICC is entirely appropriate – after all, Westminster could well be classed as the figurehead of the UK’s attractions – and The QEIICC one of London’s premier meeting locations.
But what stands out to me as memorable in the last eight years of running the ‘VAC’? It must be the consistency of the audience to pursue excellence and to ensure that the UK’s attractions are right in the forefront of the minds of visitors. From a venue point of view, The QEIICC provides the exact ambiance that is required: quality catering, quality service and quality facilities… it is these elements that all our UK attractions strive to achieve.
Keynote speakers have nearly always included the current Minister addressing topical issues and concerns. This year’s conference in October will no doubt be no exception, with the recent riots and demonstrations being top of the list. The other thing that is so great about The QEIICC is that security is top of their list… we will have no fear of attack and can discuss such pertinent issues fully confident of the safety of our delegates.